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Lineage and Honors Information as of 3 April 2012


  • Constituted 5 August 1917 in the National Army as Headquarters, 173d Infantry Brigade, and assigned to the 87th Division
  • Organized 25 August 1917 at Camp Pike, Arkansas
  • Demobilized in January 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey
  • Reconstituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173d Infantry Brigade, and assigned to the 87th Division
  • Organized in December 1921 at Mobile, Alabama
  • Redesignated 23 March 1925 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173d Brigade
  • Redesignated 24 August 1936 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173d Infantry Brigade
  • Converted, reorganized, and redesignated 13 February 1942 as the 87th Reconnaissance Troop (less 3d Platoon), 87th Division (Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 174th Infantry Brigade, concurrently converted and redesignated as the 3d Platoon, 87th Reconnaissance Troop, 87th Division)
  • Troop ordered into active military service 15 December 1942 and reorganized at Camp McCain, Mississippi; concurrently redesignated as the 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, an element of the 87th Infantry Division
  • Reorganized and redesignated 2 August 1943 as the 87th Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized
  • Inactivated 21 September 1945 at Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Redesignated 28 April 1947 as the 87th Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop
  • Activated 12 May 1947 at Birmingham, Alabama
  • (Organized Reserves redesignated 25 March 1948 as the Organized Reserve Corps; redesignated 9 July 1952 as the Army Reserve)
  • Reorganized and redesignated 18 May 1949 as the 87th Reconnaissance Company
  • Inactivated 1 December 1951 at Birmingham, Alabama
  • Converted and redesignated (less 3d Platoon) 26 March 1963 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173d Airborne Brigade, and relieved from assignment to the 87th Infantry Division; concurrently withdrawn from the Army Reserve, allotted to the Regular Army, and activated on Okinawa (3d Platoon, 87th Reconnaissance Company – hereafter separate lineage)
  • Inactivated 14 January 1972 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • Activated 16 October 2000 in Italy
  • Headquarters, 173d Airborne Brigade, reorganized and redesignated 16 September 2006 as Headquarters, 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Headquarters Company, 173d Airborne Brigade - hereafter separate lineage)

Campaign Participation Credit

  • World War I
  • Streamer without inscription
  • World War II
  • Rhineland
  • Ardennes-Alsace
  • Central Europe
  • Vietnam
  • Defense
  • Counteroffensive
  • Counteroffensive, Phase II
  • Counteroffensive, Phase III
  • Tet Counteroffensive
  • Counteroffensive, Phase IV
  • Counteroffensive, Phase V
  • Counteroffensive, Phase VI
  • Tet 69/Counteroffensive
  • Summer-Fall 1969
  • Winter-Spring 1970
  • Sanctuary Counteroffensive
  • Counteroffensive, Phase VII
  • Consolidation I
  • War on Terrorism
  •      Afghanistan:
  • Consolidation I
  •      Iraq:
  • Liberation of Iraq (with arrowhead)
  • Transition of Iraq
  • (Additional campaigns to be determined)


  • Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered DAK TO
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1965-1967
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2003
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered AFGHANISTAN 2009-2010
  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1965-1970
  • Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969-1971

By Order of the Secretary of the Army:

Robert J. Dalessandro
Director, Center of Military History

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